When Life Gives You Lemons

Isn't it strange how the proverb suggest that lemons are icky? With their fresh and delicious scent, lemons are wonderful things to have around the home.

Freshen your fridge

If you've had a pot of curry in the fridge or cheese, a lemon can remove the stale odour and perk it all up. Slice a lemon into quarters and place on the back of every shelf. Leave overnight. The next day, squeeze the slices onto a clean cloth, wipe the shelves and then toss out the fruit.

Antiseptic aid

It is normal for homes to have uninvited guests, and they come in the form of ants, termites and other pestiferous shapes and sizes. Ants especially raid unattended food or even the pantry where sugar is kept.

Over-the-counter insecticides can be used to deal with their presence, but such poisons tend to have a trickle-down effect that affects not only the ants but the environment in general. Besides, insecticides are not cheap.

A more environmentally-friendly method would be to mix an equal amount of baking soda and powdered sugar. Leave it on a shallow dish nearby the ant line and wait for them to carry the lethal mixture back to their nest. The baking soda will kill the ants by drying out their bodies while messing with their natural chemistry.

Antiseptic aid

Scientific studies show that lemons, limes and oranges have antiseptic properties. As such, squeeze a lemon into some fresh water and use it to clean kitchen surfaces. Cutting boards can do well with a sprinkle of lemon too, especially if you've been chopping onions or garlic.

A few drops go a long way

Do your kids reject sliced apples in their lunchbox because of brown edges that they think are "yucky"? Sprinkle apple slices with lemon juice to prevent them from discolouring. If you're slicing avocadoes, the same trick works as well.

Skin solution

When you've been cleaning carrots, your fingers might be stained orange. Rub a slice of lemon over them on your nails will make them nice, clean and freshly scented.

Give your laundry a boost

If you're allergic to perfumed softeners and scented laundry products, a squeeze of lemon in the final wash will give your clothes a lift and be unlikely to trigger reactions. Be careful with delicate fabrics though.

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